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A Twist of Fate

Saturday, May 25, 2013

There will be many interpretations of what happened to me on a routine trip to Washington State last Thursday. Some will say it was divine intervention, others will call it fate and still others will call simply a random occurrence.

We routinely travel to Washington State from Vancouver B.C. Canada. Normally, we take Interstate 5 and therefore have no need for a map. Last Thursday, we decided to take a departure from our normal route and take a country like road called Highway 9. It takes longer to get places but it is more pastoral. This new route also necessitated that we take a Washington State map which most times we do not carry.

Anyhow, we got to know Highway 9 pretty well and figure out where it joins Interstate 5, as we made our way to the cute little town of Snohomish. This town is great for antiquing and finding little treasures.

We also deviated from our usual stops. We usually barrel through to Bellingham to eat at the Applebees on our return trip. Yep, we Canadians love Applebees. Because we were so far south we decided to eat instead at the Olive Garden at the Seattle Premium outlets. Thus we deviated once again from our normal habits. After dinner, I reluctantly offered to take over the driving but my husband said if I wanted to cruise the outlet malls, he would nap in the car for a half an hour. Then he would feel refreshed again for more driving. Another departure, since normally I would just take over driving with no delay.

As we eventually drove North our car came to a halt. We had to get over to the shoulder to let first responder vehicles through. What had happened? The I-5 bridge had collapsed at Mt. Vernon and there were several people who went into the water in their cars. Luckily, all of them are fine.

We then were directed off the highway to find our way home on a subsidiary route. Three hours later we were home. Had we not earlier in the day taken Highway 9 and brought a map which is not our normal routine, we would have been hard pressed to find our way out of there. Had my husband and I eaten at our usual haunt in Bellingham, had he not napped, we would most likely have been on that bridge when it collapsed. As it was we were near there about an hour after it happened.

This is a reminder to me that life is still quite a mystery, a puzzle, a conundrum and I wonder why we escaped. Was it random? Was there a plan? Far more sage people than me have pondered and will continue to ponder that one. emoticon
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    wow. you were where you needed to be. that was an awesome reminder of our fate.
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  • 1EMMA2011
    Oh My Gosh!! Poor you!! Yes divine intervention. Astounding! I believe in signs and this is amazing. It will take about 3 weeks to recover from this! Go slow! Take it easy and wow,

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    2986 days ago
    Wow! I'm glad to hear your safe and sound! Your guardian angels were watching over you guys!
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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I am with you.

    Thank you Jesus for a safe return of my Friends!
    2988 days ago
    Wow! Call it what you want but I'm ever so grateful you changed your course! Strangely, when I heard about that news -- I thought of you! I don't know why. I only know you live in BC and knew nothing of any travel plans you had. Maybe my intuition is alive and well with yours!

    Anyway, Girl -- welcome HOME! I think we all have inner wisdom that we pass off, but like in this case -- it could save your life.

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    2988 days ago
    I am very thankful that you are OKAY !!
    I am also glad to hear that everyone is okay, or as okay as one can be enduring such a scare.
    AND, I believe there is a plan.. But we can over-ride the plan if we push against the nudging and fight for our own free will. So, I believe you followed the Lord's nudges and it all worked out well.

    Thank you for sharing,
    2988 days ago
    First, I just want to say I am happy you weren't on that bridge! I am glad you are here sparking and sharing your twist of fate with us. :) I think a lot of things happen for a reason. You probably thought nothing of taking a different route but it was a life saving decision. Maybe it was Divine intervention. Maybe it was a coincidence. Sometimes coincidences happen because of divine intervention. Some people may think that's silly but what matters is how you feel about the situation. Life is an adventure and you never know what will happen next.

    2988 days ago
    I also vote for GOD's mercy both to you two and for all the folks in those vehicles that went down into the water! Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    2988 days ago
    I vote divine intervention. emoticon Glad everything worked out.
    Blessings to you on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.
    2988 days ago
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